AIRPORT security guards had a shock - when they spotted the x-ray of a tourist sleeping on a moving baggage belt.

A 36-year-old Norwegian tourist reportedly climbed over a check-in desk and fell asleep on the belt that takes luggage to be loaded on to planes.

When the belt started moving, he travelled for around 50m curled up in the foetal position, at Rome’s Fiumicino airport.

The un-named man apparently remained asleep after staff spotted him in their x-ray machine, stopped the belt and alerted police.

The tourist, who appeared to have been drinking heavily, will now face charges in relation to the incident according to Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper.

The incident has raised questions about security at the airport, but a police spokesperson told the paper that the man could not have got through to secure areas of the airport. –MO